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Autumn in the Air

It looks like Autumn has arrived and thoughts in the crafting world are starting to go to Halloween and Christmas.

The Staunton Sweater Pattern has now been released. With its retro look, this double knit shapely jumpier is prefect for cooler Autumn days, when it can be warn casually with jeans or dressed up for that special occasion with a skirt or slacks . The stylish ¾  length box sleeves sit just below the elbow and it has a cable detail running over each shoulder, complimented by the wide welt and cuff details give it shape. The pattern is now available here, alternatively for immediate downloads visit LoveCrafts, Etsy or Ravelry.

After spending time building up my pattern portfolio, this Christmas will see the availability of a range of themed cushions for sale off the shelf. They feature various topics and are competed in Embroidery and Appliqué.
Keep an eye on the off the shelf page for updates, however the cushions will be one off items, so when they are gone they are gone.

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Coming Soon……New Knitting Patterns currently at the proof readers include the Beckford Tunic Dress. Perfect babies and toddlers for that extra layer and can be worn with Jeans, leggings or on its own. it features a heart detail on the yoke and buttons up the back. Knitted in sports weight yarn, it knits up quickly but has substance for shape and warmth.

TIP. Not sure on what yarns to use, have a look at the yarn gauge and comparison charts. they allow you to swap and change to appropriate yarns whilst keep ing the gauge and design true.

Lastly…….Don’t forget the FREE patterns, especially the Lulsley a simple and fun tank top for new additions to the family and enjoying their first Christmas.

Happy Crafting

Deb

 

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Spring Knits Released….

I’m pleased to announce that 2 New patterns  have been released this week.

The Twyning, is a scrumptious poncho perfect for boys and girls, from new born to about 10 years.  The cable  detail  is  created  using  an easy to master slip stitch technique so no worrying about changing colour during rows. Knitted in Sirdar Supersoft Aran, this widely available yarn is durable and will not cost the earth.

 

Looking for a quick and easy baby blanket, that has a wow factor. Knitted in Yarnfair Tootsie, the Hereford is the prefect baby shower gift. the PDF can be downloaded FREE direct from my web site. if you like it and want to share with your friend please share the link not the PDF, this allows me to gauge downloads. 

 

 

Have a look on the comments for the Alfrick.
Despite a great number of you knitting this wonderful cardigan since it was released over a year ago. Last week an eagle eyed knitter spotted an anomaly in the pattern. The pattern has now been updated and information on the change contained in the comments for the pattern, take a look. 

 

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Happy Knitting

        Deb.. the Dizzy Tyke

 

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Dark Nights are for Knitting…..

The dark evenings have closed in, since the end of Summer time Hours, also Halloween and Bonfire Night are gone for another year, just St Andrews Day left and Christmas will be upon us.

So long dark evenings leave plenty of time to get crafting be that knitting sewing or an other craft that takes your fancy. Here at Dizzy Tyke Designs were busy finishing off the Christmas goodies and starting on the spring designs, with a few in the early sample stage.

Don’t forget you can still download a FREE copy of the lovely Lulsey Vest Top, making sure that new addition to your family can join in the Christmas Sweater Competiton. 

I’ve been reading on line a lot this week about the disappointment and frustration at the cost of parking at some major National craft shows in the UK. Sometimes public transport isn’t also viable option be that through lack of integrated systems or the practicalities of getting connections or the amount of goodies you carry away from the event. With this in mind I stopped going to the major commercial multi location shows last year and recommend visiting smaller regional shows with local suppliers and the much more relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
In September I visited Yarndale up in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales Town of Skipton. It was a very busy event and would recommend either going early then popping down into Skipton at lunchtime for a couple of hours, then returning to the show later in the day. There’s a free shuttle bus into town just five minutes away. The suppliers at the show  were varied, good value and showed real enthusiasm about their products not just employed to sell big brands. However some wheelchair users had difficulties visiting stands due to the show being held in the cattle sheds and the slurry gullies stopping wheelchair access., but in most cases the stall holders were on hand to help where they could.

Coming soon to Dizzy Tyke Designs will be the Pirton, a chinky easy knit ladies Vest top. No fancy stitches and made in one piece with  just 2 short seams on the shoulders.
In the final stages of design is the Mathon Layered girls cardigan. The sample shown is in lightweight aran / Wosted yarn. Both will be out before Christmas.

 

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If you have yarn in your stash that’s not the weight you need for the project picked don’t forget there is some flexibility if you use 2 strands, it makes approximately the next yarn weight up. But ALWAYS check your gauge before starting to knit. The Love Knitting Cheat sheet on yarn weights is a useful guide., to cutting through the mystique of not only different weights, but the different names they are given across the globe.  

 

Thanks For visiting my blog, happy knitting.

Deb, the Dizzy Tyke

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Autumn Glowing and needles Clicking…Christmas is coming…

 Well Autumn has well and truly arrived in sunny Worcestershire. To help keep you busy and get ready for those cold winter nights I’ve got 2 new Shawl patterns being Launched this month. The Madresfield and Eckington.

But before that we’ve got to mention the “Christmas Word” as we knitter know you have to start your preparation early. it get you started I’ve created a FREE pattern for a quick easy cute babies

Christmas themed Vest Top. The Lulsley  Vest Top PDF can be down loaded now.

JUST Click HERE.

 

 

The Madresfield, named after not only a local village but also a grand house that befits this design. its a shorter shawl that not only suitable for wearing over winter layers but also ideal for popping over you shoulder when sat watching the world go by, whilst knitting your winter projects . Knitted on 3.5 mm  (US4) needles, this sample is made in British Wool Marketing Board ‘Platinum’ Certified Organic Blue Faced Leicester from Wooltops,  but any yarn knitting to the same gauge will work perfectly well.
It has no complicated stitch patterns and can be made with or without the bead detail. Its knitted in one piece in  double knit yarn, you’ll soon see it growing before your eyes. 

 

 

 

Also out later this month is the Eckington Shawl. This bright , warm and versatile shawl would look perfect with that special evening wear at pre Christmas Parties or be just as home on Christmas Day walks.
This lace Weight shawl knitted in one piece and uses short rows to create distinctive shaping. Open lacework is interspersed with bands containing beads in 3 sizes.
Knitted on 3.5 mm  (US4) needles, this sample is  in Araucania Botany Lace and Rowan Finest 4 ply, but any yarn knitting to the same gauge will work perfectly well.
The finished size when blocked are 76” long,  and the width is 8” at ends and 18” at center.

Happy Knitting.

Deb…….the Dizzy Tyke

 

 

 

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Sinton Scarf /Shawl

This beautiful but simple to knit item can be worn as a Shawl or Scarf. 
It grows quickly knitted on 8mm (US 11) needles. The  sample is  in Mirasol Api a Peruvian yarn that is 50% Aplaca, 50% wool and knitted on needles 2mm or 2 US sizes larger than recommended for the yarn.
As gauge is not a major concern in the project any approximate equivalent yarn will work perfectly well.
Over all finished size is approx 2m x 0.5m ( 78”x 20”) after pressing/blocking.

Blocking is a great way to bring out the best in your design, there is a great item on blocking on Craftsy.

To Download  PDF CLICK HERE

Please share link to this page do not share PDF direct. That way I can gauge the number of downloads.

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Staplow – Sampler Picture

Sampler Picture

This months free “Coffee Break Pattern” , is the STAPLOW a  picture cable sampler, perfect to brighten up any space. It’s quick an easy to make using approximately 35m of super chunky yarn.

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